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How do I set up streaming video or music?
Posted by on 26 May 2006 04:05 AM

Many people have questions about media streaming support for their sites. PremiumReseller only supports "Http Streaming" which is real player, quicktime, and windows media player. Below is a "How to" for those who need it to work from their sites.

After you encode your media files, there are two more steps in preparing your content for streaming from a Web server: creating Windows Media metafiles with .wax, .wvx, or .asx file name extensions and adding tags to your HTML files. The HTML tag points the end user's browser to the metafile, which points Windows Media Player to the content of the Windows Media file. A metafile must be used to reference the media because a direct reference to the media in an HTML tag will cause most browsers to attempt to download the media rather than stream it.

To create a Windows Media metafile

Open a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad. Type the following metafile script, replacing the URL with that of your media. Reference the media just as you would any other Web file.

<asx version="3.0"> <entry> <ref href="http://YourWebServer/Path/YourFile.wmv"> </ref> </entry>

You can place the metafile in the same folder as that of your media. If you do so, you can use a relative path, which is simply the name of the file. The REF line would look like this:

<ref href="YourFile.wmv">

Save the text file, using the name of your media file followed by the .wvx extension if the metafile points to a file with a .wmv extension, or .wax if the metafile points to a file with a .wma extension, such as YourFile.wvx. The file name extension .asx was used in previous versions of Windows Media Technologies. To add a tag to an HTML file Using a text editor such as Microsoft Notepad, open the Web page that you want to add the reference to the media to. Add the URL of the metafile. For example:


Play this Windows Media file: YourFile Copy the Windows Media files (with .wma, .wax, .wmv, and .wvx file name extensions) to your Web server. When an end user clicks the reference on the Web page, the metafile is downloaded and Windows Media Player opens. Windows Media Player opens the metafile, and then opens and plays the Windows Media file from your Web server.

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